01. Beck, Devendra & Mgmt Cover Leonard Cohen’s “Sisters Of Mercy”

“Following his excursion into Downtown NYC via Velvet Underground & Nico, Beck takes his Record Club to Montreal with a track-by-track smothering covering of Songs Of Leonard Cohen. As we mentioned when we posted “Suzanne,” he’s joined by “Devendra Banhart, Ben, Andrew and Matt from MGMT, Andrew from Wolfmother, Binki from Little Joy, and Brian [Lebarton] and Bram [Inscore] returning from the first Record Club.” Here they do “Sisters Of Mercy,” which should make your ears bleed less than their take on “Suzanne.”” (stereogum)

02. Buzzcocks, Futureheads, British Sea Power Banned From Beijing Festival

“Buzzcocks, The Futureheads, British Sea Power and Radio 4 are among the bands who have been stopped from playing the Beijing Modern Sky Festival bill, as all foreign acts have been dropped from the event’s line-up…No reason was given for the cancellations.” (nme)

03. MP3: Strong Arm Steady – Loose Girl, Produced By Madlib (above)

A bunch of free music from Stones Throw records. Get it now. (stonesthrow)

04. New Thom Yorke/Flea Band to Play Surprise Los Angeles Gig Tonight (above)

“Last week, if you told me Thom Yorke was going to debut his still-nameless new band with Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers the same day Kid A was named Best Album of the Decade by some website, I probably would have directed you to WeeklyWorldNews.com. But that’s exactly what’s happening tonight at L.A.’s Echoplex, according to a message from the man himself on Radiohead’s Dead Air Space blog. “It’s not that big, it’ll be total chaos and it’s kind of a rehearsal but if you are near by…” writes Thom.” (p4k)

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